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EVENT INFO: 7th Annual Powerhouse Paddle and Swim Del Mar

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

TPowerhouse Paddle Race Del Mar CAhe Powerhouse Paddle and Swim Committee, in conjunction with local paddling and swimming enthusiasts and the Del Mar Lifeguards, is proud to present the 7th Annual Powerhouse Paddle and Swim on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2010. This Del Mar beach event is an opportunity for youth and adults to participate in a challenging yet friendly ocean competition.

The Powerhouse is a Del Mar landmark rich in history. The Powerhouse began as a power plant in the 1900s, became a nightclub in the 1950s, served for a time as an experimental desalination plant, and – thanks to countless volunteer hours and donations – now serves as the Del Mar Community Center.

Del Mar Powerhouse Paddle & Swim 2010 is fun for the whole family. Beginners are especially welcome. See you at the BEACH!

Come down to Del Mar Sunday September 26 for the 8th Annual Powerhouse Paddle & Swim. For those of you new to this race, this is an end-of-season race which includes several distances for kids & beginers plus a 6 mile course for experienced competitors. This is an ideal first race option for those new to the sport or if you wish to introduce your kids to paddleboarding. For both paddleboard and SUP.

The paddleboard races include various events for youth, adults and challanged athletes over courses of 1/4 mile, 1 mile , 3 mile, and 6 mile distances. The 1 mile roughwater swim race is a unique course that follows the original Del Mar Roughwater course from the river mouth to the Powerhouse. All participants will receive a cool, hooded Powerhouse Paddle & Swim sweatshirt and lunch from Pipes Cafe. Surfboards, clothing and tons of ocean-related swag await all who purchase $1 tickets to the traditional Powerhouse Paddle and Swim raffle .

A special thanks to all of our loyal sponsors. Please take the opportunity to support these sponsors throughout the year. All net proceeds from the event will be used to fund ocean and water activities for the children of Del Mar and the greater San Diego area.

Annual Powerhouse Paddle & Swim 2010Download Entry Form [pdf]

6:30 – 7:30 am Swim Race Registration and Check-in
7:30 – 9:30 am Paddleboard Race Registration and Check-in
8:00 am SHARP 1 Mile Swim Race Start
9:00 am Youth Paddleboard Races Start
9:30 am Swim Awards Ceremony
10:00 am 3 mile and 6 Mile Paddleboard Race Start
10:05 am Adult Novice Paddleboard Race
11:30 am-12:30 pm Paddleboard Awards Ceremony, Raffle and Lunch

2010 Hennessey’s International Championships

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

2010 Hennessey's International ChampionshipsSan Diego, California – Saturday, September 25, 2010

On Saturday, September 25th, Hennessey’s Taverns of California will host the Hennessey’s
International Paddleboard Championships in the beautiful city of San Diego!

Come check out this new venue as we race a nine-mile course that begins and ends
at the beach in front of the Polynesian-style Catamaran Resort Hotel. A shorter,
six-mile course will be run for the stock SUPs, as well as a three-mile Fun Run
event for novice paddlers and stand ups. Additionally, we will include the first
annual Lifeguard Bragging Division! The event promises to be an excellent, half
bay, half open ocean race with top competitors hailing from around the world! Support
boats and lifeguard jet skis will be in the water for your safety. Come mingle with
top racers from around the world and visit our Sponsor Expo.

Come join us on Friday 9/24 from 6 to 9 pm at Hennessey’s in Pacific Beach, just a short
walk from The Catamaran, to mix and mingle with your fellow racers. At that time,
race registration and rash-guard pickup will be available, as well.

For your convenience, we have reserved a block of 75 discounted rooms at the Catamaran

Resort Hotel. Book your room now at or call reservations
at 800.422.8386. Be sure to mention you are with the Hennessey’s group


All races begins at the beach in front of the Catamaran Resort.

Beach start and finish.

Fun Paddle – 3 Miles

Pro Course – Paddleboard, 14′ & Unlimited SUP – 9 miles / Stock SUP – 6 Miles

Board Classes:
  • Stock Paddleboard (12’and under – no weight limit, no rudders.
  • Unlimited Paddleboard
  • 12’6 & Under Stock Stand Up -(No Rudder)
  • 14′ Stand Up (No Rudder)
  • Unlimited Stand Up – Any size, anything goes

2010 SUP Racing Rules

Pro Course Divisions:
Stock Paddleboard

9 Miles

Utld  Paddleboard

9 Miles

Stock SUP

6 Miles

14′ SUP

9 Miles

Utld  SUP

9 Miles

18-29 18-29 39 & Under 39 & Under 39 & Under
30-39 30-39 40 + 40+ 40+
40-49 40-49 Womens Stock
50-59 50-59
60 + 60+
17 & Under
Womens Stock
Fun Course Divisions:
Stock Paddleboard Unlimited Paddleboard Stock SUP 14′ SUP
Men’s Open Age Men’s Open Age Men’s 18+ Open
Women’s Open Age Womens 18+
17 & Under

  • You must bring your own liquid and nutrition on your board. Lifeguards and safety
    escorts will be in the water for duration of race if needed.
  • Any paddler who is having difficulty may be taken out of the water at the race director’s
  • The race will be called after four hours. Any paddler who does not complete the
    race within four hours will be taken out of the water.
Pro Course Awards:
Cash Prizes:

In every Pro Course class and Pro Course age group, the first three in get paid as noted below.
In addition, the first overall Unlimited and Stock paddlers in, as well as the first
overall Unlimited, 14, and Stock SUPs in, will receive a $600 bonus. The first overall
Wahine paddler and the first overall Wahine SUP finishers will also each receive
a $600 bonus.

Prize Money Breakdown:

  • 1st Place – $250
  • 2nd Place – $150
  • 3rd Place – $100

Awards will be given out at dinner banquet.

All official finishers will receive a custom trophy.

Fun Course Awards:
Awards given to top three finishers in Stock/Unlimited/Wahine paddleboard and SUP
divisions (18 total winners).

Awards will be given out at dinner banquet.

All official finishers will receive a custom trophy.

  • Register at Hennessey’s Pacific Beach Friday night between 6 & 9 pm.
  • Check-in and final registration begins at 6:30 am at the race site.
  • Once you’ve checked in you will receive your race jersey. Goodie bags given after
    the race.
  • Race starts at 8:30am SHARP!!!
  • Pro Course $100
  • Fun Course $50 (or $100 includes the sit-down awards banquet )
  • Late Pro Course Entries $125
  • Late entries will be accepted until September 25th at 6:30 am.
  • Pro Course Entry fee includes goodie bag, finisher awards and a full sit-down banquet at the
    Catamaran Resort.
  • Fun Course Entry fee includes goodie bag, and finisher awards
  • Pre-register by mail by Sept. 21, 2010. If you are unsure your application will
    make the mail-in cutoff, please don’t send it! We will not be able pick up mail
    after this date. Late entries will be accepted on Fri at Hennessey’s Pacific Beach
    or on race day, for $125.

Elgibility– Open to men and women at least 18 years of age. (17
& under must have signed parental/guardian form. No prize money for this category.)
Race director reserves the right to refuse participation to entrants for any reason.

Post Race & Awards:
Relax and enjoy the pool at the resort before joining us for our cocktail hour on
the beach at 6 pm in front of the Catamaran, followed by the sit-down awards banquet
at the Resort at 7 pm.
To Enter Online
To Enter By Mail
Print out an
Entry Form
and mail
it to

Tim Ritter

404 Ave F

Redondo Beach, CA 90277




Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Chainsaw Massacre Paddleboard Race 2010Registration ends in 2 days so get on it!

The race will START & FINISH on the border of the
Coronado City Beach and the NAB/Gator Beach.  The
COURSE will take you from the border
of Coronado City Beach and NAB/Gator Beach to the Red Buoy just off of
Point Loma and then you circle back for the return leg.  It is 6.5 miles.

Registration for the event here!

Hanging With Master Designer Brian Szymanski at the NCP Shaping Room

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Brian SzymanskiI often try and cruise over to the Ding King at about 5.30pm because I can almost always catch Brian in full creative mode, and  I was not disappointed today. Although usually I’m prepared with my GoPro HD but today I was just returning from a work appointment  and all I had with me was my crappy old blackberry 8330 – the worlds worst video camera. After this my GoPro is staying in my truck!

Anyway, it was good enough to capture some super interesting tidbits with regards to the new 14′ SUP SURF prototype with a California Rocker, which Brian is working on for the Battle of the Paddle etc. This board will be as user friendly as a race board can be, stable yet fast and a great board for mere mortals and heavier guys wanted some extra stability without sacrificing glide.  I plan on owning one of these as soon as possible – Cool stuff Brian thanks Bud!

Some Cool Videos from the SUP World Cup Hamburg 2010

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

SUP Worldcup 2010 in HamburgThere is not much info or news releases out there on this cool event in Hamburg although I did find some interesting videos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Race Results for the 2010 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Adam Buckley Catalina ClassicOn Sunday, August 29th, 2010, paddlers from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia took to the waters off of Southern California in the 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world. Officially started in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan, the first Catalina crossing was won in 1932 by Tom Blake, beating out Pete Peterson and Wally Burton in just under 6 hours.

Adam Buckley conquered 32 miles of choppy and cold water on the open-ocean course Sunday to win the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, which starts at the island’s Isthmus Cove in Catalina Island and ended in Manhattan Beach.

The 32-year-old Hermosa Beach resident improved his 2009 time by 23 minutes to go from 19th to first in 5 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds.

Brian Rocheleau, 29, of Kailua in Hawaii, finished second in 5:41:03. Anthony Vela, 36, an L.A. County lifeguard  finished third in 5:47:06 in his first race.

Vela was hanging with Buckley during the first 10 miles. but then was dropped or Vela took a different route north.

He is quoted in the daily breeze as saying “I don’t think either one of us knew what we were doing in terms of the course,” Buckley said, smiling. “It’s hard to say what’s the best way to go at some points, but I’d been told head north, so I think I took more of a straight line.”

“We were way off course,” Vela said, “then I think he did choose the best route, but he’s such an incredible paddler. That’s why he won.”

It was obvious after the race that the paddleboarders were equal parts competitors and friends. The surfing/paddleboard community is a tight one and the shared experience is important to them.

“This is a great finish, seeing all these people and the excitement,” said Rocheleau, who finished fourth in 2009. “It’s great to see the sport is alive over here like it is in Hawaii.

“I came here because I wanted to experience the race and see some friends. It’s amazing what Buckley did in his second try.”

The race, which began at 6 a.m. in Catalina, is one of the sport’s great tests of endurance and skill.

“It’s definitely a challenge,” Rocheleau said. “Your mind wanders a bit out on the ocean. It’s kind of a meditative thing. I think we all share that part of it, being out on the ocean.”

For Vela, this year’s Catalina Classic had special meaning. He dedicated his first 32-mile race to one of his friends and heroes, the late Jim Miller, who has a charitable foundation in his name.

“I did this for Jim,” Vela said. “I kept thinking about what he did for me during the race. When I finished, the feeling was almost indescribable …

“I cried. It meant a lot to me.”

Typical of the competitors, Vela was as happy for Buckley was he was for himself. And he was delighted by the positive turnout.

“The South Bay community understands what this race is about,” Vela said. “The paddling community is pretty special.

“There’s something about sharing the experience on the ocean. All paddlers started as surfers. The ocean is what bonds us.”

Tom Duryea of Coronado finished 10th overall in 6:14:00 and was the stock winner .  Matt Sullivan and Jay Scheckman finished second and third in the stock division and took a solid 13th and 14th overall  in 6:17:15 and 6:17:27.

Aussie Jo Ambrosi, 38, won the four-woman division in 6:40:55. DJ O’Brien, 44, Carly Rogers, 34, and Christina Powers, 33-all members of the South Bay Mermaids-finished behind her in 6:52:28, 7:54:55 and 8:26:55.

Eighty-seven paddlers started the race and only two did not finish. Other top-15 finishers not mentioned previously were:

4. George Plsek, 41, Solano Beach, 5:48:28;

5. Jay Miller, 42, Cardiff, 5:51:51;

6. Todd Robinson, 45, San Diego, 5:55:30;

7. JP Cruz, 46, Hermosa Beach, 6:03:35;

8. Peter Hursty, Honolulu, 6:09:46;

9. Steve Schlens, 40, Santa Barbara, 6:10:20;

10. Tom Duryea of Coronado in 6:14:00

11. Donald Miralle, 36, Carlsbad, 6:14:21;

12. Mederic Berthe, 36, Carlsbad, 6:15:09;

15. Ron Roebuck, 45, Hermosa Beach, 6:17:40.

For full list of results

JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg

Friday, August 27th, 2010

SUP World Cup 2010 Hamburg GermanyThe JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg, called the world famous SUP flat water event, is a PRO / AM SUP competition in the HafenCity of Hamburg, Germany. After the huge success of the premiere in 2009, the world best SUP pros and amateurs will battle again for a price money of 15.000€.
For more information

The fight for the title of German SUP Champion is getting more and more serious. Saturday 7th August, the JEVER German SUP Tour will make its third stop, this time at the Hanse Sail in Rostock.

The athletes want to achieve a good starting position for the last and determining sprint race (1000 metres) which will take place within the JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg (27.08.-29.08.) At the huge finale in the HafenCity, Hamburg, the best Amateurs will paddle for the German SUP Championship watched by the world best SUP PROs.

There have already been two stops of this serial, which is approved as the most important national SUP flatwater tour by the German Surfing Association (Deutscher Wellenreit Verband (DWV)). At the “Hafenfest” in Münster and during the “Kieler Woche” the Stand Up Paddlers inspired the spectators with thrilling races. In the overall ranking of the women Corinna Hahn from Berlin is in the lead, followed by Nina Krüger from Münster. The best men are Andreas Wolter from Berlin und Christian Hahn.

But nothing is decided yet: The tour stop in Rostock is able to change everything because the ranking points of the best paddlers are very close together.

A great incentive for all participants: The winner will receive a wildcard for the JEVER SUP World Cup in Hamburg, where the sprint race will be evaluated as last race of the German Amateur Championship. The best three amateurs will also get the chance to compete with the professionals.

Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn teach a SUP Stand Up Paddle clinic at Adrift Tahoe

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Learn to Paddle with Chuck Patterson & Karen WrennPro paddle athletes Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn teach a Stand Up Paddle clinic at Adrift Tahoe during the 2010 Quiksilver TA-HOE NALU Paddle Festival at Lake Tahoe..posted by Karen Wrenn

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Joe Bark talks about latest SUP design for Surftech 14′ Dominator

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Joe Bark Talks about the Surftech 14' Dominator PaddleBoard Specialists caught up with the one and only Joe Bark at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, UT last week. Joe was happy to show off the new Surftech Dominator 14’ race board. Joe calls this the big brother to the Surftech Competitor 12’6”. In Joe’s own words, it is the “Magic Board”. We know we love the Competitor 12’6” and can’t wait to get this one out on our glassy lakes for some serious speed. Joe even admits that there is a bit of mystery involved in how stable, fast, and well tracking his boards are. We don’t know what it is either, maybe it is the rigorous testing Joe does, the years of experience, or just the result of a shaper who is overflowing with passion for the sport. Whatever it is, we like it.

If you’d like to shoot videos like this check out the latest GoPro HERO video cameras from the Official GoPro Online Store.

Brian Szymanski shaping EJ’s new 14′ Prototype

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
14' Racing board for EJ used in Tahoe

Starboard Proto 14'

I’ve been in my shaping room for the weekend but managed to put some time in the water as well. Here is a slide show of some pics of the new Starboard prototype that EJ is going to be racing in Tahoe.

One thing I’ve figured out through experience is that hot weather makes lighter boards, so I’ve worked hard to get this together this weekend. I used only one layer of carbon on each side with custom laps and patches to keep in comp light. I really am interested in seeing how this runs downwind, because I’ve have a feeling we got a magic one.
Living in Cardiff is awesome because I get to do resin work then go for a SUP at Cardiff Reef, add another  layer and get back in the water – and again! In fact now that my family is out of town for a few days I’ve getting in three sessions a day. Board building is supposed to be fun after all, and this is especially true when you’re building boards for guys like EJ!

Paddle On!


Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Starboard 14' SURF RACE Molokai
Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu, riding the Starboard 14′ SURF/RACE with Hawaii rocker designed by Brian Szymanski.

Rare clip of Dan Gavere: Owning the rapids on his Whopper Paddleboard

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Recently we posted Dan Gavere’s Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of Surfspots and one of you guys pointed out this rare video of Dan owning on his Whopper Paddleboard.  We couldn’t not put up this video of Gavere paddling Punchbowl Falls.

If you’re craving more stand up paddle board videos check out Dan’s entire channel (he’s got some amazing videos of Nikki Greg  paddling  the Glenwood Wave)

Dan Gavere’s Stand Up Paddleboard Video Channel

Nikki Greg Paddleboarding the Glenwood Wave

Definitely a well down paddleboard video I’m looking forward to more paddleboarding videos from Nikki Greg and Dan Gavere! Check back here for all sortsa good stuff from them and our other paddleboard pro riders soon.

The Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of Surfspots

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Hello faithful reader,

Do you know what a bucket list is?

It’s simple enough—it’s a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” If you don’t have one yet start it off with these paddle surf spots.

Now, this isn’t just any old bucket list; this is the wet dream ultimate list of paddle board surf spots.

We polled, surveyed, and prodded the best paddle board pro team in the Stand Up Paddle Boarding Industry–Starboard SUP’s international team gave us their top spots and why you should be riding them today. There are a couple of strange paddle surf spots suggested to dip your paddle in…you might be surprised with the locations we chose.

Make sure you make it down to Connor Baxter’s bucket list. These Paddleboard Surf Spots are the sexiest waves available on earth and most definitely ones you need to be paddling immediately.

Dan Gavere’s Bucket List: Keeping it real representing the best America has to offer

5. Pacific City, OR Brew Pub with free outdoor hot showers on the beach
4. Newport, OR  3 excellent spots, usually not too crowded
3. Cardiff Reef SUP accepted there and it’s a great wave
2. Santa Cruz, great rights and some fun out of the way spots too.
1. North Shore Hawaii, because there are so many different spots to hit.

Sean Poynter’s Bucket List: Sean let’s the pictures do the talking

  1. Pipeline/Backdoor, Hawaii

Paddleboarding Pipeline

2. Snapper Rocks, Australia

Paddle boarding the Snapper rocks

3. Lower Trestles, California

Paddleboarding Lower Tresltes

4. Lances Right, Mentawais

paddle boarding at lances right

5. Macaroni’s, Mentawais

paddle boarding macaroni

6. Hossegor, France

Hoessegor, France stand up paddle board

7. J-Bay, South Africa

j bay paddle board

8. Dessert Point, Lombok

paddleboarding desset point

9. Playa Conchalio, El Salvador

paddlebaording at playa conchalio

10. Middles, Puerto Rico

paddleboarding middles puerto rico

I have chosen these waves as they are all waves that you can fit a stand up in the barrel, that is all that matters. -David Muir

David Muir’s Bucket List: Dave is a simple man with a simple plan of global wave domination.

10.Ulus Bali
9. Rifles Mentowies
8. Kerumas bali
7. Padang Padang Bali
6. Fiji Tavarua
5. France Hossegor
4. Mexico Econdito
3. Sunset Beach
2. Nias
1. Chopes

Mr. Connor Baxter the 15 year old pro rider who has gained a lot of respect around the Stand Up Paddle Board Marathon circuits recently.  A local to Maui his bucket list is grounded in solid experience and a deep love for the island of Hawaii. You can read more about him here Connor Baxter Gives You The Low Down On Winning The Mormaii 27 Mile Paillo Express

  1. Lanes Maui, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a left and it is super powerful.
  2. Pier 1 Maui, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a fun place to go to when it is big because it dose not close out.
  3. Outer Spreacks Maui, Hawaii I like this spot because it has a nice barrow and it dose not get crowded.
  4. Queens Oahu, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a fun rip able wave.
  5. Sunset Oahu, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a challenging wave that pushes your limit.
  6. Secret spots in Hawaii like this spot because there is never anyone out there. Yeah…I’m not telling.
  7. Chicama , Peru I like this spot because it is one of the longest lefts in the world and I am goofy foot.
  8. Shikoku, Japan I like this spot because all the people out there are super friendly and not agro.

Will you’ve got to the end of the The Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of SUP Surfspots what spots did we forget?

What are your favorite paddle board locations in the comments


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